<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After much uproar over Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s comment about cancer being divine justice, the BJP leader has now issued a public apology. He said that his statement was taken out of context but if it had caused anxiety to someone, he offers ‘unconditional apology’.Sarma who initially tried to defend his remarks and even sparred with P Chidambaram on Twitter, apologised on Thursday evening. He had made the statement on Tuesday when he said, “God makes us suffer when we sin. Sometimes we come across young men getting inflicted with cancer or young men meeting with accidents. If you observe the background you will come to know that it’s divine justice. Nothing else. We have to suffer that divine justice”. “In this lifetime or in our previous life, or perhaps my father or mother… perhaps that young man did not do but his father has done something wrong. It is mentioned even in Gita, Bible about the outcome of one’s actions. No point in being sad… all will get the outcome of this life’s actions in this life only. That divine justice always will be there. Nobody can escape the divine justice that will happen”.
ALSO READ Himanta Biswa Sarma says cancer is ‘divine justice’, Chidamaram blames comment on party switchHowever after much outrage, Sarma has apologised. In a written statement he said, ” My speech on divine justice and Karmic deficiency is being quoted out of context. In their bid to trivialize and sensationalise, no one is looking at content of my whole speech and intent. It was said in the context of helping poor students of Government schools and request to teachers not to neglect them. It was also a message to indicate district eduction officers not to harass teachers.”He further wrote, ” At no point my statement was intended to cause any pain to cancer patients. However, if owing to the blatant distortions, it has caused any anxiety and problems to anyone, I hereby offer my unconditional apology for the pain.”